The President Danilo Medina cabinet 2012-2016
President Medina announces his cabinet
President Danilo Medina announced the key members of his cabinet during the inaugural event at the Presidential Palace today, Thursday 16 August. The appointees are:
Admiral Sigrido Pared Perez, Minister of the Armed Forces
Gustavo Montalvo, Minister of the Presidency
Jose Ramon Fadul, Minister of Interior and Police (incumbent)
Carlos Morales, Minister of Foreign Relations (incumbent)
Simon Lizardo, Minister of Hacienda (current general controller)
Jose del Castillo, Minister of Industry & Commerce
Gonzalo Castillo, Minister of Public Works
Josefina Pimentel, Minister of Education (incumbent)
Maritza Hernandez, Minister of Labor
Luis Ramon Rodriguez, Minister of Agriculture
Freddy Hidalgo, Minister of Public Health
Jaime David Fernandez, Minister of Sports
Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Minister of Culture
Francisco Javier Garcia, Minister of Tourism (incumbent)
Alejandrina German, Minister of Women (incumbent)
Jorge Minaya, Minister of Youth
Bautista Rojas Gomez, Minister of Environment (current minister of public health)
Ligia Amada Melo, Minister of Higher Education (incumbent)
Juan Temistocles Montas, Minister of Economy (incumbent)
Ramon Ventura, Minister of Public Administration (incumbent)
Francisco Dominguez Brito, Attorney General (current minister of labor)
Cesar Pina Toribio, Legal Advisor to the President (current minister of the presidency)
Franklin Almeyda, Minister sans Portfolio for Security Matters
Antonio Isa Conde, Advisor in Development Policies to the Presidency
Jose Ramon Peralta, Administrative Minister of the Presidency
Miguel Melia, Regional Policies Advisor
Ivanhoe Ng Cortinas, General Controller (current Superintendent of Banks)
Last edited by Dolores; 08-16-2012 at 04:32 PM.
Some cabinet trivia...
Minister of the Armed Forces Sigrido Pared Perez was already Minister of the Armed Forces, from 2004-2008 under a Fernandez administration. From 2009-2011 he was director of the Department of Immigration.
Minister of Interior and Police, Jose Ramon Fadul was appointed on 3 March 2011.
Franklin Almeyda was Minister of Interior and Police from 16 Aug 2004-2 March 2011.
Francisco Javier Garcia was appointed 10 March 2008.
Carlos Morales has been Minister of Foreign Relations since 16 August 2004.
Bautista Rojas Gomez, the new Minister of Environment, had been minister of Public Health since 17 Aug 2005.
Francisco Dominguez Brito was senator for Santiago (2006-2010), and minister of Labor from August 2011. It is the second time he is appointed attorney general. He held the post from 16 aug 2004 to 16 Aug 2006.
Jose Ramon Peralta, a businessman from the agriculture sector, will occupy the same post that Danilo Medina had held from 16 Aug 2004 to 11 August 2006 in the Fernandez administration. Medina resigned to seek the PLD presidential nomination.
Last edited by Dolores; 08-16-2012 at 04:39 PM.
Wow...not too much change...seems to be basically the same government? Hope this is just to start out, with reshuffling to come once everything is in place.
In his inaugural speech Medina has said: "I am not going to negotiate with mediocrity, I am not going to negotiate with the dishonest, I am not going to negotiate with antipathy. (No voy a negociar con la mediocridad, no voy a negociar con los deshonestos, no voy a negociar con el desgano).
Some positions of the cabinet are key to fulfilling this statement: Highly respected Francisco Dominguez Brito named attorney general for a second time. In a first time he was known for transparency. Gustavo Montalvo named minister of the presidency. Gustavo Montalvo quit the Fernandez government when he disagreed with what he perceived as corruption in the informatics contract for the government. See DR1 - Daily News Wednesday, 06 June 2012
For highlights on the Danilo Medina inaugural speech, see DR1 - Daily News Thursday, 16 August 2012
Does anyone know who is in charge of Immigration?
I'm very optimistic.
Originally Posted by Dolores
Fadul is the responsible minister (interior y policia). The same guy as under Leonel. I wouldn't doubt the director of Migration won't change either
Originally Posted by SKY
There are no changes for education, foreign ministry, police and immigration. This is due to a program that has been rolled out and still is being executed. All the heads have been vetted and others (like education) have extensive know how on collaboration agreements being deployed now, before the school year and higher studies start up dates.
Danilo asked that all be rolled out as fast as possible and provided the go ahead on all projects prior to being officially in office.
He meant it when he said let's get to work!
The changes at UASD and higher education are RADICAL and will take time to adjust to the new curriculum.
The changes rolled out for immigration and foreign policy are also RADICAL and will also be married to the plans on the fly.
Already the teams from the DEA and DHS are busy, busy, busy since they got here...
Vetting process is undergoing and "transitory" posts indicate non-vetted individuals. Nobody will get permanent status without passing the vetting program.
The same happened with the program for the SD Metro!
Full speed ahead!